Category Archive: Just the Journal

Sep 09 2014

I’m not adoring the new Dior ad

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Like many Charlize Theron fans, I always look forward to the release of the latest ad for the Dior perfume J’adore. The South African beauty (and long-time occupier of a Top-3 spot on my Freebie List) has been the official face (and body) of the designer fragrance since 2004, and somewhat impossibly, seems to get more …

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Sep 05 2014

Well-hidden talents

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Me: That was a really good workout! Tabata instructor (who had never met me before): You did *really* well. Me: I’m in a little bit better shape than I look. Tabata Instructor: Yes you ARE! Me: Thanks … I think.   Related articles Pressed for time? Try a Tabata workout Get in shape with Tabata …

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Jun 14 2014

Race Day!!!

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[Insert Carol Ann from "Poltergeist" impression] “It’s Heeeeeere.” After a year of blood (blisters), sweat and occasional tears, the day of reckoning has finally arrived. Because barring some catastrophic incident (or me just completely wimping out at the last-minute), I will be running in the 2014 MalmöMilen 10k Race in a couple of hours … …

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Jun 10 2014

Sudden realization of the not-so-welcome kind

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So this morning, I made a rather rash decision to wear a pair of vibrant purple Salomon trail running shoes to work. It was a whim, really. Something I thought my colleagues would get a kick out of. What was I thinking? Why do I own a pair of purple Salomon trail running shoes, you …

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Apr 27 2014

MalmöMilen registration: check and checkmate

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Actual text message conversation from this morning: Shazzer: Guess who just registered for the MalmöMilen? Coach Bad-@$$: Dr. Darling? Shazzer: Well yes, her, too, CHEEKY MONKEY!!! Coach Bad-@$$: 10 burpees to celebrate!!!  Shazzer: You’re killing me,  Coach! I just got back from a run!  Coach Bad-@$$: Haha…that’s amazing! 10 more burpees! Shazzer: I am *literally* laughing out loud! And …

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Mar 15 2014

Meet Coach Bad-@$$, Movie Star

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There is a quite a bit of curiosity among some of my American friends and family about my MalmöMilen 2014 mentor and Team Sopherocious namesake, Sophie, AKA “Coach Bad-@$$.” Just who is this woman who has managed to inspire the heretofore Runs-Only-When-Being-Chased Shazzer to actually commit to completing a 10k race, they wonder? Most of my …

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Feb 10 2014

The Norwegian men’s curling team has already won …

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… if Sochi was presenting Olympic medals for fashion! These Nordic dudes were the talk of the 2010 Winter Games with their fantastically colorful choices of uniform pants. Now they’ve gone Vancouver one better by adding knickerbockers to the mix … with a floral theme, no less! Once again, Team Norway is being pantsed by …

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